embed PDF in HTML Pages for iPad

Posted on 2011-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I would like to embed PDF Files in my HTML 5 Web-Page for iPads. I dont want to use the  iPad pdf reader because I want the user to stay within my website and still use and see my navigation. I already tried with embed tag (only shows the 1st page of the pdf and no scrolling) and iframes etc. I also want the user to zoom in/scroll etc.

I found a solution, where you first convert the pdf into swf, but i would like to have a reals pdf view.
Question by:indigo555
    LVL 70

    Accepted Solution

    Hi indigo555,

    I don't think there's a good way to do it even with HTML5 components.  This has been a fairly big flaw in the iPad browser from day 1 and the iPad2 appears to have done nothing to fix it.  Browser detection and offering a link instead of an embed to the iDevices seems to be your only choice.


    Author Comment

    but I'm wondering why the embed is actually showing a part of the pdf, but not there a chance to enlarge the visible pdf area?
    LVL 70

    Assisted Solution

    by:Jason C. Levine
    The embed command is weirdly supported in Safari and it can't be scrolled even from the desktop version.  Again, it's a flaw that originates with Apple and thus you are not going to get very far with this until Apple fixes Safari.
    LVL 31

    Expert Comment

    by:James Murrell
    This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.

    Featured Post

    What Security Threats Are You Missing?

    Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Power PDF ( is the newest product from the Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications ( It is available in two editions — …
    This article focuses on how to remove password security from multiple PDF files by Adobe Acrobat program. Sometimes it is essential to access the stored data items and to print, edit as well as copy content from Portable Document Format files in abs…
    In this tutorial viewers will learn how to style elements, such a divs, with a "drop shadow" effect using the CSS box-shadow property Start with a normal styled element, such as a div.: In the element's style, type the box shadow property: "box-shad…
    In this fifth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFdetach utility, which is able to list and, more importantly, extract attachments that are embedded in PDF files. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable …

    729 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    17 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now